Local surfers shine on in North and South America
By Andrea Swayne
The amateur surfing world has been busy over the past couple of weeks, with finalist podiums near and far replete with local talent.
From the International Surfing Association World Junior Championships in Ecuador to Scholastic Surf Series high school competition to the Western Surfing Association Championship Tour, surfers hailing from our tri-city area have, once again, proven to be a formidable presence in the lineup.
The Surfing America USA Team brought home a copper medal from the ISA World Juniors Sunday, with San Clemente surfers Tia Blanco and Griffin Colapinto earning individual bronze and copper medals, respectively.
In the SSS State Championships, April 5-7 in Oceanside, San Juan Hills High School became overall state champions among Section B inland schools. In Section A coastal competition, Dana Hills High School took top honors over runner-up Carlsbad High School in the Men’s Shortboard division.
The regular season of the WSA Championship Tour wrapped up in Oceanside Saturday and Sunday with first place finishes in 11 of 24 divisions being awarded to surfers from San Clemente, Dana Point or San Juan Capistrano.
From North America to South America, south county surfers shone brightly.